Turkey says it won't end gas cooperation with Iran

September 20, 2007 17:41

Turkey has no intention to end energy deals with Iran - its No. 2 supplier of natural gas - the prime minister said Thursday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments were in response to a statement by US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who said in Ankara on Wednesday that US allies should consider sanctioning Iran over its disputed atomic program. Burns pointed out that an energy deal signed between Iran and Turkey in July was not helpful. The preliminary deal foresees the construction of two separate pipelines to ship natural gas from the fields in Iran and neighboring Turkmenistan via Turkish territory. "Russia and Iran are Turkey's most important sources in terms of natural gas," Erdogan told reporters before boarding a plane for the United States. He added that the United States had not asked Turkey to cut cooperation with Iran.

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